Daily Brief - Tuesday 10th October, 2017

NEWS

Belmont man on cocaine charge

Nigel Alexander, 38, of Gonzales, Belmont yesterday appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates’ court charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. The charge alleged that on September 18, Alexander had in his possession 540 grammes of cocaine at Aeropost offices in Marabella. Read more here

Rats, faulty wires keep Malick Sec closed

Members of the Malick Secondary Parents/Teachers Association (PTA) yesterday called on the Ministry of Education to address health and safety concerns plaguing the school for the past six months. Some the problems highlighted yesterday, as both parents and teachers staged a protest, was a rat infestation which forced the closure of the school’s cafeteria, mould, unsecured electrical outlets and falling ceiling tiles. Read more here

‘Teachers not required to supervise during breaks’

Don't blame teachers for school violence, says Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) president Lynsley Doodhai. And he made it clear teachers were not required to supervise pupils during their lunch breaks, before or after school. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Khadijah hits Jenny over sexy Al-Rawi

Opposition Senator Khadijah Ameen was outraged that Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus dubbed Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi “the sexiest Attorney General” in her address to a People’s National Movement (PNM) post-Budget rally on Friday at Piggott’s Corner, Belmont. Baptiste-Primus, in her role as emcee, had used the microphone to publicly welcome each Government MP to the event, but had a special greeting for Al-Rawi. Read more here

Squatters can now buy land

A number of people holding Certificates of Comfort for squatter sites developed by the Land Settlements Agency (LSA) will now be invited to buy the land at a premium of 25 per cent of its market value. Housing Minister Randall Mitchell disclosed this yesterday in Parliament while giving an update on squatter regularisation during the 2018 Budget debate. “We expect to be able to offer 1,034 persons statutory leases over the next fiscal year. Beneficiaries of the leases will have approximately 30 years to pay off for the land,”Mitchell said. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Dutch Caribbean, T&T discuss trade

The island of Sint Eustatius in the Dutch Caribbean wants to do business with T&T. A delegation led by Clyde Van Putten, leader of Government Business in the Public Entity of Sint Eustatius and Anthony Reid, the Interim Director of the Economy and Infrastructure of Sint Eustatius held discussions with the Couva/Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce last week. Chamber President Liaquat Ali said this would be welcomed news for T&T since it represents an opportunity to earn foreign exchange. Read more here

Prestige profits decline 24%

The local operator of the KFC, Starbucks and TGI Fridays brands in T&T suffered a 24 per cent decline in its profit attributable to shareholders for the nine months ending August 31, the restaurant management company reported yesterday. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Dons Want In - Downtown Kingston Area Leaders Call Meeting To Discuss Role In Redevelopment

More than 30 dons have informed stakeholders in the redevelopment of downtown Kingston that they want a piece of the action to restore the capital city and have expressed willingness to participate and make it happen, piquing the interest of administrators. Lead adviser for the redevelopment project, Dr Gladstone Hutchinson, has said that public-private partnerships, which may include forming legal relationships with dons from communities in and around the downtown Kingston area, particularly within the Coronation Market region, are a part of the vision of stakeholders. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

North Korea 'hackers steal US-South Korea war plans'

Hackers from North Korea are reported to have stolen a large cache of military documents from South Korea, including a plan to assassinate North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un. Rhee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker, said the information was from his country's defence ministry. The compromised documents include wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South Korea. They also include reports to the allies' senior commanders. Read more here

At least 10 dead as fires rage in Northern California

Fifteen wildfires raged across Northern California, with the biggest ones scorching the state's famous wine country, killing at least 10 people and burning more than 1,500 homes and businesses, authorities said. The fires burned into the night Monday in California's wine country destinations -- Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties -- with flames ripping through the lush, picturesque landscape. Read more here

 

10th October 2017

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